News Flash: Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Dates Set

The tentative dates for this year's 11th annual Bridge School Benefit concert are Oct. 18 and 19 at Mountain View, Calif.'s Shoreline Amphitheater. The annual concert events, organized by the father of grunge Neil Young benefit the school, which helps integrate children with severe speech and physical impairments into their communities using advanced technology. Young's young adult son, Ben, attends the school. Although the line-up is not yet confirmed, Young's management office, Lookout, says it guarantees "a pretty great group of artists" for the show, which last year featured the Cowboy Junkies, Billy Idol, Pearl Jam, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Pete Townshend and Young with his band Crazy Horse. The first-ever Bridge School Benefit album will be out on Reprise Records in November. The disc, an amalgam of performances from the past 10 years of shows, is scheduled to feature: Tom Petty's "Shadow of a Doubt," Tracy Chapman's "All That You Have is Your Soul," Bonnie Raitt's "The Road's My Middle Name," David Bowie's "Heroes," Beck's "It's All in Your Mind," Pearl Jam's "Nothing Man," as well as Ministry doing a cover of the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil", Simon & Garfunkel, Jackson Browne, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Hootie and the Blowfish, and, of course, a still-undetermined track from Young himself. -- ATN staff report [Fri., Sept. 5, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]